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the latest at this hour. >>> the u.s. unemployment rate in august climbed 0.1% to 9.6. non-farm payroll employment was down for the third month in a row. the u.s. labor department released the figures on friday. 54,000 jobs were lost in august in the non-farm sector were sensitive to economic trends, >>> nine patients at a hospital in tokyo have died after exposure to a drug-resistant bacterium during treatment there. the university hospital announced that the patients died between october 2009 and august of this year after being infected with a bacteria. >> translator: i'm sorry, i should have consulted with a public agency earlier. >> the hospital told reporters on friday it detected the bacterium in 46 in-patients age 35 to 89 between august 2009 and last wednesday. 27 of the infected patients have died and nine of those deaths have been linked to the infection. the nine patients had weakened immune systems due to conditions include leukemia and kidney failure. it rarely infects healthy people but could be fatal to those with low immunity causing pneumonia and blood pois
surging in july, demand from the u.s. has plummeted a whopping 90%. the firm says it's now under pressure to cut prices. >> translator: some customers say they'll ask for price cuts until the dollar strengthens to a 100-yen level. some already cancelled orders. on average, they ask for a 20% to 25% discount, but the best we can offer is 5%. >> reporter: the company has slashed profit margins in order to offer cheaper products and offset the yen's strength. it has also started accepting more small orders to boost output. in some cases they've even taken orders for one or two pieces. towa's management is increasingly worried. >> translator: if the strong yen continues and affects manufacturers like us, even big competitors may start taking small domestic orders. i'm afraid we might all end up losing in a price war. >> reporter: the soaring yen isn't the only concern for these businesses. subsidies for fuel-efficient vehicles helped boost sales this month. but when they end in september, demand will likely drop. carmakers are already expecting to cut production by around 20% in october. also
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